Persis Lam

Phone: +1 416 862 8800 x479

Persis Lam is a Toronto-based architect, born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Her practice is inspired by collaborative and beautiful design rooted by site and user relationships. She loves architecture for the constant strive to balance the arts and sciences and a technical approach. Beyond design, keeping projects on time and on budget is her strength, managing a variety of client, consultants and teams while maintaining project goals. 

Since joining Diamond Schmitt in 2002, Persis has a wide breadth of experience from dense urban developments such as The Hudson condominium, and the Prince Arthur Medical Clinic, to complex labs and programs at the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building at Drexel University and the Queen’s University School of Medicine. Persis is also instrumental in many multi-unit residential and student residence projects across the southern GTA. She is a licensed architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and is a Passive House Certified Designer. 

Persis was recently a project manager for the Lonsdale Residences, a 177-unit rental building geared to the luxury rental market in Toronto and managed a study for the re-development of 1.5M square feet of residential and mixed-use in Mississauga. The site is one of the first projects to adopt the new Built Form Standards in the Cooksville area which promises increased urban connectivity, accessible planning, and public amenities. 

Persis contributes to mentorship and advocacy of the profession in spearheading the Diversity and Inclusion taskforce at Diamond Schmitt Architects and is on the executive committee of Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (BEAT), an independent organization dedicated to the promotion of equality in the profession of architecture.